The pre-fall 2016 collections have just begun. We have barely entered winter of 2015 as well! I don’t know about you, but these guys are going to kill us with the line-ups appearing so early when we are dreaming of summer instead. Then again, sometimes the pre-fall has some incredible looks to share, which is where the RED Valentino pre-fall 2016 collection comes in with gusto.
As we know, the RED line is the little sister to Valentino with a very sweet attitude, though the 2016 world will be full of the strangest looks Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli have come up with yet. With inspirations taken from Robert Altman’s iconic movie from the 1970s, one called 3 Women, it somehow included hints of a pregnant woman from the California desert that Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek change identities with, except on a more sophisticated level. RED is normally very girly and that is what we love about it, but it seems that even little girls are meant to grow up, as Valentino so easily reminds us.
The collection has a very ‘70s feel to it, as could be expected due to the inferences made to the film throughout, one particular piece that catches our attention being a long and lean silhouette in a suede trench coat with flower and bird embroideries. We see midi skirts appearing, as opposed to the minis that are often the case in this label. We even have the black backgrounds with retro flower prints throughout, something uncommon to RED.
We do have the pastels as well, so fans should refrain from having the heart attacks just yet. The collection in of itself is quite charming, full of sheer, high necked prairie dresses as well. There is crocheted knitwear to be found among the 50-odd collection, with some lovely romantic frills filling in the gaps, tying the sister collection to the main Valentino trends appearing on the SS 2016 runway a few weeks back.
What we love quite a bit within the RED Valentino pre-fall 2016 lineup shown are the evening dresses, particularly one that is a black point d’esprit covered in sequined floral appliques. In terms of the more casual wear, we are in love with the youthful yellow sunshine romper with the off the shoulder appeal, cinched in waist and pretty ruffles.
We find a whole lot of pinks, yellows and nudes, along with pieces that bare the shoulders as is the biggest trend on the runway for the spring and summer, or have high necks and full length sleeves, as is also a really big trend. We see socks worn with ankle strapped d’Orsay shoes, as well as knee high boots under transparent ankle length dresses, with full ruffles and a high waist pair of shorts and bandeau set in purple underneath. There is denim to be found, along with lots and lots of suede and practically every outfit featuring something transparent. We even have some fur here and there and those high waist culottes are simply to die for.
Photos courtesy of Vogue